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    For me, cancer was and is like any other illness. Trying to set it apart and focus on its negatives would have made my journey impossible. Treating it like a very big annoyance gave me a chance to work around it. I figured the only thing I'd let stop me was death itself. And, if that was to be, then, I'd really focus on a quality of life and let my faith in something beyond this life cradle my thoughts. I didn't burden those around me with my fears. I knew they were scared enough. When people hear one has a late stage cancer, as in my case, they look in the mirror and fear their own mortality. I had a lot of sympathy and empathy for my circle...though it shrunk in front of my eyes. That's life. In sickness and in health.

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    Loss (Relationship ): Loss most accuarately describes my personal journey. Loss of breasts, ovaries, friends, employment and loss of enjoying life. I have worked at regaining my life on my terms. It is possible and can happen if we decide to make it happen. Life is fluid and ever changing. Go with it. Or, die with it. The choices are so few.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I weighed very little. So, as it should be, my chemo was adjusted for 'me', and not just administered in a run of the mill manner. I loved that aspect and felt great during chemo for that reason and because I refused an added anti-nausea drugs and/or steroids added to chemo. I felt it greatly improved my quality of life to this day.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): Radical breast removal seemed to have little impact on my life at first. It, however, did seem to affect me later and much more profoundly. Not to mention that a hysterectomy was an added 'bonus' which I really dreaded. A tough change of life that came much too early.